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  • Summary: Ten year-old Yachine and his 13-year-old brother Hamid live in Sidi Moumen, an impoverished slum on the outskirts of Casablanca. Hamid, though just a child, works hard to sustain his family by any means, but eventually he gets involved with the "wrong crowd" and becomes one of the localTen year-old Yachine and his 13-year-old brother Hamid live in Sidi Moumen, an impoverished slum on the outskirts of Casablanca. Hamid, though just a child, works hard to sustain his family by any means, but eventually he gets involved with the "wrong crowd" and becomes one of the local neighborhood bosses. He continues to protect his brother Yachine - until the day he is thrown into prison. After years in jail, Hamid returns home a changed man: he is now an Islamic fundamentalist. He persuades Yachine and his pals to join, and the Imam Abou Zoubeir, their spiritual leader, begins to direct their physical and mental preparation - and one day, he tells them they have been chosen to become martyrs. [Kino Lober] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 15, 2014
    90
    Horses of God is one of the most forceful entries in a growing body of cinema that interrogates the causes and effects of terrorism, nationalism and fundamentalism in the Arab world.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 13, 2014
    83
    Aided by three-dimensional performances that exude a convincing mixture of bitterness, selfishness, desperation, and hate, Ayouch film casts a sharp gaze on tragedy, and the larger socio-economic issues that beget fanaticism.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe McGovern
    May 21, 2014
    83
    Director Nabil Ayouch hammers his points rather bluntly, but his filmmaking is hypnotic.
  4. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    May 13, 2014
    75
    Nabil Ayouch's film allows us see how young suicide bombers--"horses of God," as the man in charge of their mission calls them--might deserve our pity.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    May 14, 2014
    75
    A remarkable attempt to portray what might turn soccer-playing boys into fanatical murderers.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    May 15, 2014
    70
    Ultimately, the training and suicide mission are less interesting to Ayouch than the initial forming of character, and the fundamentalist cell members are only stock figures; what’s important is the group’s sense of disenfranchisement and the lure of inner peace.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    May 13, 2014
    60
    What keeps Horses lively is its sharp young cast—especially the two Rachids, who are also brothers in real life, and do an expert job of showing how Hamid and Yachine slowly change places.

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